James Cook University

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James Cook University Reviews

Updated August 8, 2014
Updated August 8, 2014
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  1.  

    Better casual position than I could hope for

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    Current Employee - Research Worker in Townsville (Australia)
    Current Employee - Research Worker in Townsville (Australia)

    I have been working at James Cook University as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    High pay rate, excellent flexibility, small-business attitude, very little annoying bureaucracy. This is my experience working in a lab for the science department, and it may be very different in other departments.

    Cons

    Since the attitude was so relaxed, things could sometimes become very organised. So, I had to be responsible for organising myself, as well as other people related to the project.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Generous pay rate, including preparation pay.

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    Current Employee - Tutor in Townsville (Australia)
    Current Employee - Tutor in Townsville (Australia)

    I have been working at James Cook University as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Students are generally very friendly and receptive of the help you give them.
    Extra hours paid for preparation work. Most lecturers are great to work with.

    Cons

    Not enough tutors to a room. Ratio was formerly 1:10, later became 1:40.
    Insufficient parking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trim the enormous fat in the bureaucracy, and bring staff student ratios back up to a sensible level. Move more and more content online. Don't force the tropical agenda on disciplines where it doesn't apply well. Build a multilevel car park.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Appalling culture of manipulation and bullying

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at James Cook University

    Pros

    Difficult to find any as a tenured member of academic staff

    Cons

    Difficult to find any as a tenured member of staff-appalling management, cronyism , bullying, spectacularly bad leadership... And now the most top heavy university in Australia in a restructure where not a single senior manager lost their jobs, rather they have been granted the opportunity to behave with even less impunity than before. Disgraceful conduct gets rewarded.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at the behaviour of your leadership right down to discipline areas...stop rewarding bullying start looking at real evidence not impression management

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  5.  

    A relaxed working environment.

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    Current Employee - Research Worker in Townsville (Australia)
    Current Employee - Research Worker in Townsville (Australia)

    I have been working at James Cook University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The work environment is relatively relaxed. The annual leave is generous.

    Cons

    The long-term career opportunities are limited.

    Recommends
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  6.  

    Phd Student Marine and Tropical Biololgy

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    Current Employee - PhD Student and Research Worker in Townsville (Australia)
    Current Employee - PhD Student and Research Worker in Townsville (Australia)

    I have been working at James Cook University full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Some of the best researchers in the world. some very good facilities

    Cons

    Paperwork nightmare, money seems to be funneled to the top, rather than into education and research. Pseudo-corporate clap-trap abounds, with money making the highest priority. Practices knee-jerk reactionism, and conforms to other universities' standard rather than leading the field and developing avant garde methods.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more on education and research and less on administration. Remove paperwork. Cater to the needs of education and research rather than bend their needs to suit administration.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Good to start off

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at James Cook University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Hours are flexible so work/ life can be balanced

    Cons

    Opportunity for growth is limited.

    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    exciting research experience in JCU

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    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at James Cook University full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    professional, organized, nice working environment, competitive salary and welfare, open

    Cons

    not very efficient, have high pressure, private sector.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no comments

    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Decent place if one likes doing tropical related research, forget it otherwise

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    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Townsville (Australia)
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Townsville (Australia)

    I have been working at James Cook University

    Pros

    Townesville is in a pretty spot so there is much to do if you like the outdoors and the Great Barrier Reef
    is one of the prime locations in the world for scuba diving. The pay and benefits are much the same as in
    any Australian university and for the average academic, that is good compared to what are found in North American or European universities.

    Cons

    There are big differences in whether some faculties are good to work in or not. This is a matter
    in funding and management leadership. Some of the faculty deans will try to limit the funds going to
    researchers under them whose field of study is not the same, others try to be more equitable.
    While a decline in student numbers is largely responsible for the overall university funding decline in recent years, some faculties like tropical or marine biology are doing fairly well.

    The university is positioning itself as the place to be on everything related to its tropical location
    which means getting funding and support is a lot easier if ones research can fit in with that theme.
    To some extent this is good in that it allows a way for the university to distinguish itself
    from others, but management has gone too far. Telling the math faculty that they have to somehow relate mathematics to the tropical location is silly. Thus whether an academic can somehow relate their
    work to the university's tropical location will make a big difference on how far they can go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management like to keep people in the dark. They like announcing big changes without prior notice.

    Doesn't Recommend

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